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Spring is Springin

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 22:10

Bitter cold wind, a really lazy one, going straight through and not around.  Many shoots of things up, but very limited inclination to work much out there, although the Spring bulbs are coming fast - lots of crocuses, iris reticulata, tulip shoots good and strong, daffs. started - but not so sure about me yet!


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 22:08

They are very hungry, greedy plants - one of the very few for which I actually buy a specific feed.  Everything else gets pelleted chicken manure, but clematis get proper clematis feed.  They need cool feet, and warm heads, plenty of air to freely flow around them.  Plenty of moisture  when there is dryer weather.  Some clematis are big strong growers, such as the montanas, and some are small, delicate little things.  Some don't climb and make lovely herbaceous plants.  There are nearly as many clematis as there are days in the week.  Something will grow well for you, but you may have to experiment a bit.

All the best with them, they are so well worth the effort. 



Posted: 02/03/2015 at 15:00

Just as a matter of interest, beyond common courtesy - does it matter what gender anyone is?

Back to hostas, has anyone tried the 'white feather' one I keep seeing advertised?  I did try one but it burned up even in partial shade, so I never got to see if it went green later - anyone had success with it? 


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 22:57

I used to grow my hostas only for the leaves, but the later ones have good flowers too - and some are quite well perfumed.  The bigger flowers I now leave on, but do remove some of the older more wishy washy ones so they can concentrate on the lovely foliage. 

Iris reticulata not flowering

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 22:56

The birds seem to love the purple petals of many flowers, especially reticulata and polyanthus!  Maybe they think it will make them more brightly coloured when they are in the breeding season - especially the blue, great and coal tits who seem to especially like the purple flowers!!

Electrics in a Greenhouse

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 15:21

Yes, the cable was run through an old hose pipe, buried around 8 inches down, through the lawn, under the hedge and through flower beds, to end up around 30 foot from the house, ending in a double socket.   The switch and box are indoors in the kitchen, and a hole was drilled in the wall for the cable to pass through.  It is buried deep enough that - so far - it has never been dug up or hit with a spade.  I don't dig my garden at all except for planting, and i know where the cable is.  This has now been in place for around 12 years, and works very well to date. 

solomans seal

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:14

Would you if you could avoid it, in this cold?  wait, they will appear!

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 15:59

Lazy winds indeed KT, in which case why don't they go and have a nice lie down and leave us alone!!!  

Even the birds have given up and found somewhere warmer to hide out. 

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 13:48

Brrr, it is bitterly cold this morning here, but nothing in comparison to those temperatures Obelixx!  It feels colder than the freezing it is because of a very sharp wind that goes straight through instead of the long way round you!  It is now raining as well - feels like a day to stay indoors, watch the birds as they - in spite of the cold - examine the nest boxes, and admire the blue and purple reticulates which are cheering up a couple of pots. 

When can I start sowing ?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:51

Too Late? I shan't start sowing much for a good few weeks yet - there are a few things indeed, such as sweet peas for now, broad beans and so on, but the majority not until life warms up a bit yet. 

Discussions started by Bookertoo

watch out, watch out ……..

…… lily beetle about 
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Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
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Happy seasons greetings to all

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Where and how? 
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frosted lilies

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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

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